This was our first script read through, and we have figured that it needs editing and altering as not all of it read naturally.
We have decided that due to my work commitments and the practicality of making our film, it’d be best if I was the main actor as I will be reliable.
One thing that has been on my mind alot is the make up. Should it be just bare faced? Or natural? Heavy and pretty, school-girl like with the freakles and glasses? Or should it be against all make-up conventions with blue eyeshadow, orange foundation and an awful coloured lipstick? After consideration, I have thought that due to the fact it is autumn, and our character is a late teenage girl, it’d be best having a basic autumnal look. For this I used,
Above is what I used to prime and prepare my face. Oil, as it will give the skin a dewy look on the camera, an eye moisturiser to lift my eyes and a skin primer that is luminous, yet again to give a dewy look.
Then I used Foundation to cover the face and make it an even colour and used concealer to highlight key areas (nose, chin, Cupid’s bow and eyes).
Then I used banana powder to make the face not reflective and ghost looking when lights are on it – this will he helpful when using 3point lighting as it will compliment the face.
Then I lined the lips and used a dark lipstick that compliments the eye make up and doesn’t make teeth look yellow.
Lastly, the eye makeup. I used a brown automonal palette (with glitter) and roller lash mascara. I also topped the look with false eyelashes as they make the eyes look more open and bigger and due to having a fringe, without defined eyes, it makes the eyes almost disappear and very small.
The finished look. We need a hair style that is easily replicable therefore I think it would be best to have it down and natural with a curled in fringe.
This is our current working script. Next, we are matching story boards and doing a script read through, which will most likely end up with us re-drafting the script.
EXPLAIN HOW YOUR SKILLS IN THE CREATIVE USE OF DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPED OVER TIME. REFER TO A RANGE OF EXAMPLES FROM YOUR MEDIA PRODUCTION IN YOUR ANSWER 
GCSE Media: Music Video
Preliminary Task with 180 Rule & Match on Action
Reservoir Dogs recreation
2 Minute Film Opening – ‘Be Happy’ a Musical opening about somebody coming out the closet.
LAFTA’S: A short film entered into a completion with the buzz word of ‘Shampoo’
5 Minute short Film – Comedy about a girls day and the comedy is portrayed through the cinematography
A Film Poster
A Magazine spread and Article on the Film
All done with Apple iMac on OSX
– During AS, I did not take research seriously, we didn’t use the equipment to do test shots prior filming, nor did we use sites like Vimeo to get inspiration.
– For my LAFTA’s film i did slight research on fashion films and then for A2, I have researched Crash Zooms and Dolly Zooms and have used the cameras to the practice the technique. Further use of internet services such as Pintrest to really research genre and become to understand genre.
– For A2 I have also researched the BBFC’s guide lines on rating films, which is something I could apply to our film after it was made as my research has created an understanding.
– Writer Duet has allowed me to understand script writing more, and once again for A2 I have used the internet to researched script writing to truly understand it, and Kieran and I both log onto and use Writer Duet in order to make a collaborative script. We both live in different places, so we could edit the scripts and put our pieces in and then come back together and read it through and discuss reversions.
– OSMO DJI during AS to make smoother filming rather than the use of a Steadicam. Smoother
– Prior media, I was used to using my Lumix Bridge Camera and basic Video Recorders from GCSE. This year, we have been using a DSLR Nikon 3100. Over time I have become to fully understand how to divert from using the basic automatic modes, to manual modes whereby I can alter the Aperture Focus and Exposure. This means that I could control the image in the view finder and the way the viewer sees it, giving me full control. Crash zoom tests
– Use of Final Cut Pro X for creating our film, creating rough cuts, matching audio to clips (ft. newly added Synchronisation of clips to audio). First used for preliminary tasks for making a sequence and importing clips. Then for reservoir dogs which requires time management; so trimming and speeding up clips and then adding text and audio. For AS, editing our short film allowed us to play with colour palettes and then LAFTA project, using transitions (colour to black and white) and marking the audio to match the video transitions. With understanding how to do things quickly, for A2 we could efficiently create rough cuts to get feedback and improve our film.
– Use of Motion 5 and Pixelmator for the Idents – conforming to the conventions of a film.
The first thing I did in media that required the use of digital technology was our first set preliminary task of making a person walk into a room and sit on a chair and exchange dialogue, all using the 180 degree rule and match on action. This required in pre-production to research and watch videos on youtube on what match on action was and how the
180 degree rule. However during AS, in pre-production we did not research shot types and media conventions. However for our AS 2 minute film opening (a musical about being gay), we researched and watched films within the musical category. But then for our A2 media 5 minute short film, in preproduction, we researched techniques like Graphic matching and Dolly zooms. And then used the cameras to film it and then in Apple’s Final Cut Pro X, edited the shots.
Also as part of pre-production, we used the internet service of ‘Writer Duet’. I first used it in AS when writing the song for our short film but it wasn’t until A2 that I became to understand its usefulness. The way that Kieran and I used Writer Duet for our short film, was to each contribute at home (as we live in different places) and we could review it together and make a collaborative script. This is much alike in AS when we made a Google account and both submitted our research to the shared Google Drive, this was helpful as we both could understand what our intentions were.
During production of our AS Film opening, we were using a steadicam with the Nikon D3100 which we found too shakey and not smooth. After this we used the OSMO DJ which was simple to use and had a positive outcome on our short film, as it made it smooth and we had full control of the camera’s actions and movements. Prior A Level Media, the main camera i would use was my Lumix Bridge camera, but by the end of year 1, I switched from an automatic focus to manual, as I now have a strong understanding of it, along with changing ISO and exposures. The use of a Dolly zoom in our A2 film, enabled us to not only keep the camera in focus, but zoom in as a dolly zoomed out.
Across time, my understanding of Final Cut has developed. When I first used Final Cut, all i needed to do was import clips, move and trim them and export the piece as a master file, this was for the preliminary task. After that, I next used final cut for our set task of recreating Tarantino’s ‘Reservoir Dogs’ opening. This then allowed me to make precise cuts of clips, add text and the movement of text and adding titles. For my LAFTA’S production (a short film made around the buzz word ‘Shampoo’ which was entered into a competition), I played around with Final Cut and learned how to make a moving image transit from colour to black and white. Also as there was a song I had recorded in the background, I learned how to mark the sound to create a synchronization between changing clips and the music’s beat.
It has gotten to the point now where the name Edgar Wright has been mentioned on my blog so much, that even I am becoming tired of the name. Nonetheless, as filming technique research, inspired by , you guessed, Edgar Wright, we want to look at using Close Ups, Crash Zooms and Whip Pans.
First off, the Crash Zoom. So bellow I have used a video from vimeo with a montage of Tarantino Close ups from Kill Bill and Django Unchained. In order to achieve this all we need is a subject, a tripod and a camera. We need to set the camera up on a tripod, focus the subject and quickly zoom in (making sure the subject is in the centre of the frame). In post production, we can speed this up to create the given effect. Crash zooms are definitely something that we need to play with prior actually filming our film as zooming as a concept in film is a danger zone. So we need to master this technique and decide weather we use it or not.
Next, is the Whip Pan. The example I have used below is of Paul Thomas Anderson’s cinematography (1999’s Magnolia is one of his works). Whip pans and crash zooms- are quite similar and both used by Edgar Wright in his comdeies. The whip pan requires a tripod and camera and two subjects that link to each other some how. The camera pans from one subject to the other and in post production this can be sped up to make it smooth and believable.
A thing I’ve noticed about the video bellow , is that sometime it isn’t just th camera panning, but it is set-up on a dolly, so once panning it is then getting closer to the subject via the dolly.
Lastly, is close ups and yes, this example is from Edgar Wright’s Filmography. I really like the idea of using close ups to tell a story, however I also really like the idea of using Graphic Matches as it’s full of aesthetic. If the graphic matches don’t work, then Wright’s close ups may be something better to consider. As practice, I would like to try a sequence of shots showing a routine in the morning. One of these sequences is done with Wright’s close ups and then one done with graphic matches and from here I can work out which is most effective.
Last year when drawing storyboards for AS, I only considered and drew what imagine is to be seen on the screen. I never thought about actually researching story boards and how to show the camera movement. The image above illustrates how to show a pan , a zoom , a tilt , a rotate and moving to and from the viewer.
I have already started storyboards however, this is a useful image to refer to, to show the camera movements.